See the Cast of ‘Ghost World’ Then and Now
Released in 2001 and based on the cult comic book of the same name by Daniel Clowes, ‘Ghost World’ follows best friends Enid and Rebecca (Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson) as they graduate high school and attempt to navigate adult life. Though the film wasn’t a box office hit, ‘Ghost World’ has gained an immense cult following in the years since its release. 12 years later, we take a look back at the cast of the film and see what they’re up to now.
Thora Birch, Enid Coleslaw
Then: Thora Birch, star of ‘Now and Then’ and ‘American Beauty,’ played Enid Coleslaw, the film’s angsty young adult protagonist who struggles to grow up when high school ends.
Now: Birch has appeared in the indie films ‘Deadline’ and ‘Winter of Frozen Dreams,’ as well as the made-for-TV movies ‘Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story’ and ‘The Pregnancy Pact.’ After taking a break from acting for a few years, Birch returns this year with the indie flick ‘Petunia.’
Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Doppelmeyer
Then: Like Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson was also a child actress, and the star of films like ‘If Lucy Fell’ and ‘The Horse Whisperer.’ In ‘Ghost World,’ she played Rebecca, Enid’s more mature and ambitious BFF.
Now: Johansson plays Black Widow in Marvel films ‘Iron Man 3′ and ‘The Avengers,’ and will reprise the character in the upcoming ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ She can be seen next in ‘Don Jon,’ co-starring with the film’s writer and director, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and she lends her voice to Spike Jonze’s technological love story ‘Her.’ In addition to acting, Johansson also sings, and has released three albums.
Steve Buscemi, Seymour
Then: Steve Buscemi played Seymour, Enid’s unlikely new friend and even more unlikely love interest.
Now: Buscemi currently stars on the HBO series ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ which enters its fourth season this September. This year alone he’s starred in ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,’ ‘Monsters University,’ and ‘Grown Ups 2.’
Illeana Douglas, Roberta Allsworth
Then: Illeana Douglas, star of ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘To Die For,’ played Roberta Allsworth, Enid’s eccentric summer school art teacher.
Now: Douglas hasn’t appeared in a film since 2009′s ‘Life is Hot in Cracktown,’ but has appeared on shows like ‘Entourage,’ ‘Maron,’ and the very short-lived series ‘The Cape.’
Pat Healy, John Ellis
Then: Pat Healy played John Ellis, Enid’s sleazy, critical friend who sells her bootleg VHS tapes. Prior to appearing in ‘Ghost World,’ Healy also appeared in ‘Home Alone 3′ alongside Scarlett Johansson.
Now: Healy appeared in the 2012 indie drama ‘Compliance,’ and can be seen next in the upcoming film ‘Cheap Thrills’ and in an episode of Chris Elliott’s AdultSwim series ‘Eagleheart.’
Stacey Travis, Dana
Then: ‘Earth Girls Are Easy’ and ‘Mystery Men’ star Stacey Travis played Dana, Seymour’s girlfriend who tries to get him to be a little more … normal.
Now: Travis also appeared in ‘Art School Confidential,’ again based on a comic book by Daniel Clowes. Her recent credits include ‘A Christmas Story 2′ and ‘Deep Dark Canyon.’
Dave Sheridan, Doug
Then: Dave Sheridan, the former host of MTV’s ‘Buzzkill,’ played Doug, an excitable convenience store patron who never wears a shirt. “Doug,” a character created by Sheridan, also appears in two Red Hot Chili Peppers music videos.
Now: Sheridan has also appeared in the films ‘Scary Movie’ and ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ (he plays a cop in both), and this year he starred in the Wayans brothers’ comedy ‘A Haunted House.’ He will reprise his role for the upcoming sequel.
David Cross, Gerrold
Then: Stand-up comedian and former ‘Mr. Show’ writer/star David Cross played Gerrold, Seymour’s friend who hits on Rebecca at a party.
Now: Cross plays Tobias Funke on the series ‘Arrested Development,’ which recently returned for a fourth season on Netflix. He can be seen next in the upcoming film ‘Kill Your Darlings’ with Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan. Cross is married to actress Amber Tamblyn, and occasionally appears on ‘Comedy Bang Bang.’
Brad Renfro, Josh
Then: Brad Renfro was a former child star who appeared in films like ‘Tom and Huck,’ ‘The Client,’ and ‘Apt Pupil.’ As a teen and adult, his career went the indie route, and Renfro starred in ‘Tart,’ ‘Bully,’ and ‘Ghost World’ — in the latter, he plays Josh, the convenience store clerk on whom Enid has a serious crush.
Now: Renfro tragically passed away in 2008 at the young age of 25, after battling drug addiction for several years. Mark Foster of the band Foster the People was Renfro’s roommate and wrote a song about the young actor’s death, titled “Downtown.”